After competing in a triathlon, three California kids are telling other kids that nothing is impossible. They say they never realized they could complete a triathlon until they trained and competed.
The three children, Stephanie, Nancy and Angel, were members of the Fit Family Triathlon Team program, initiated by the Endurance—A Sports and Psychology Center to help kids have fun, make friends, and improve their health. The Endurance Center director, Dr. Cory Nyamora, supervised the three-month weekly training in biking, swimming and running. Throughout the training, Dr. Nyamora stressed, to the kids, the importance of maintaining a positive mindset, especially when faced with almost insurmountable difficulties.
The California Kids Triathlon took place on July 3.
Stephanie, Nancy and Angel have had time to reflect on their triathlon achievement.
Stephanie begins her reflection with the triathlon events for her age group – 200-yard swimming, 5.25-mile biking, and 1.7-mile running.
Stephanie shows off her certificate from Dr. NyamoraStephanie wasn't really nervous or excited before the race. “I was just focused on finishing the triathlon and getting it over with.”
According to Stephanie, the best thing about the race was all the support from other families she had never met before who were cheering and encouraging everyone. “I was stunned for a little but then smiled and kept going,” said Stephanie.
“The hardest thing that I had to overcome was probably tuning out my shin splints and keeping myself from running to the bathroom.”
What was the biggest thing Stephanie learned about herself after completing the triathlon?
“I'm able to tolerate longer distances than I thought I could even though I had a couple moments when I thought I couldn't do it, but I just pushed that to the back of my thoughts and told myself I can and I did,” says Stephanie
She has this advice for other kids who are trying to improve their health and have fun:
“Don't doubt yourself and, definitely, don't think negative things because all the negative stuff puts you farther back in what you are trying to achieve. Instead of thinking ‘Oh man, I can't do this anymore...’ try thinking ‘Okay, I'm going to try to do this the best I can’ or just simply ‘I can do this’...or think of finishing so you can relax or sleep afterwards.”
Other advice from Stephanie: “Go to the bathroom before exercising.”
Stephanie said the training at Endurance center helped her especially in swimming because she was not a good swimmer. By the end of the training, “I was able to swim better and longer.”
Angel was one of the Endurance kids who completed the triathlonAfter competing their triathlon, three California kids are telling other kids that nothing is impossible. They say they never realized they could complete a triathlon until they trained and competed.
Fit Family Triathlon Team gather to celebrate and honor the Endurance kids who finished the Triathlon
Angel was nervous on the day of the triathlon but he found the competition fun as he swam, biked and ran. Before the start of the competition, Angel was nervous but excited. “I felt happy before the race” he said.
Angel shows off her certificate from Dr. NyamoraAngel enjoyed biking more than swimming and running during the triathlon. He said running was the hardest event for him. “I was really happy when I finished the race,” he said.
Here is Angel’s advice for other kids who are trying to improve their health and have fun:
“Keep trying and don’t give up. You should do a triathlon.”
Nancy found the race really long but the training at Endurance center helped her deal with the challenge. She said she was really nervous before the race. “After a while, I was kind of excited,” she said. She enjoyed biking more than swimming and running. She found running most difficult.
Nancy shows off her certificate from Dr. NyamoraAsked what she felt when she completed the triathlon, Nancy said:
She learned for the first time that she could compete in a triathlon.
Here is Nancy’s advice to other kids who are trying to improve their health:
“You can do anything. Never give up. Never tell yourself you can’t.”
See the Kids Triathlon in pictures: